December 2008

Education and Research Fund

state house picOne of the statute changes approved by the Legislature in 2007 created an Education and Research Fund to be used for "advancement of education and research" for licensed individual and firms and anyone in training to become licensed, analysis of conditions affecting surveying and engineering, and Board initiatives. Up to $10 of each renewal fee (individuals and firms) is allocated to the Fund. As of November 2008, the Fund's balance is over $100,000.

At the November Board meeting, Board members voted to approve $3000 for speakers on topics related to health, safety and welfare topics for the February 2009 meeting of the S.C. Society of Professional Land Surveyors and $3000 for the March 2009 joint meeting of the S.C. Society of Professional Engineers and ACEC. To ensure that topics will be acceptable for Professional Development Hours credit, the Board will approve the topic. This funding should assist the organizations in attracting national speakers. Contact the organizations for additional information about the events. This is the only instance in which the Board will pre-approve continuing education events.

If you have an idea for a valid use of the funding, send it in writing to Administrative Assistant Linda Owens at owensl@llr.sc.gov. The proposal should be clear, fully developed, explicit as to expenses to be covered by funding, and any other information that may be helpful in evaluating the proposal. The monies are not meant to be used to fund equipment purchases, salary increases, employment initiatives, or facilities upgrades/renovations.

Technology Graduates Licensure Program

In 2007, the South Carolina Legislature approved a process for licensing individuals who hold accredited engineering technology degrees and who meet other criteria. As of November 2008, 13 individuals have become licensed as Professional Engineers, and another 42 have applied and are in the process of submitting a portfolio of their work.

Committees comprised of practicing engineers in the applicant's discipline, one professor of engineering and a current or former Board member review portfolios of work experience, meet to evaluate the portfolios, and to interview the applicant when the portfolio is accepted. The Committee's recommendation on licensure is submitted to the full Board at the next meeting for a final decision.

If you are interested in this licensure process (available until June 30, 2020), see "Board News" at www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/engineers. The application and instructions are under Applications/Forms.